$250,000 worth of defibrillators gifted to Gold Coast community groups

Community groups around the Gold Coast will receive more than 100 life-saving devices as part of the GC218 Commonwealth Games legacy.

The 115 defibrillators were originally housed at Games venues but will now be distributed to seniors groups, community centres and libraries across the Coast.

Director of First Aid Accident and Emergency Scott Whimpey says they’re a vital piece of equipment.


“There’s a stigma around defibrillators, and when we first starting them out into the community there was a bit of concern, but they’re 100 per cent safe,” he told MyGC.

“They can’t shock someone’s unless their heart is faulting.

“You pretty much can’t get them wrong when someone is having cardiac arrest or a heart attack.”

He added the defibrillators can improve a patients rate of survival within the first 10 minutes by 80 per cent.

First Aid Accident and Emergency will be providing free training to the community groups who receive the defibrillators.

Deputy Mayor Donna Gates said it’s the best kind of Games Legacy.

“They’ll save countless lives,” she said.

“It’s simple really, the more defibrillators out there, the more likely it is people will receive life-saving treatment and survive a heart attack.”